TAKE THE KINGDOM

"From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force (Matthewt 11.12)."

I love it when we visit a church and are asked to stand and introduce ourselves as first time visitors. It gives us a chance to preach the gospel to the whole congregation in only a few seconds by thanking God that - “Christ died for our sins, he was buried, and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4).” - the gospel

Believers are to take the kingdom of Heaven by force by boldly preaching the gospel wherever they go (Eph 6.19 & Mk 16.15). The other day as I stood in line at the post office I preached the gospel to everybody watiing in line with me as well as the postal workers by elevating my voice so that everybody could hear it. But to do this we must first know what the gospel is and how to preach it. For thirty years I went to church and was not taught either.

Paul defined the gospel in his first letter to the Corinthian church - “Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand; by which also you are saved if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain (didn't believe in the first place). For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And he was buried, and he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor 15.1-4).

The evangelical church has substituted their 'plan of salvation' for the gospel whereby we must convince another that they are a sinner and lead them in a prayer of salvation. But Christ's command is "Preach the gospel." not present the 'plan of salvation.' He states seven times in the gospel of John that a person is saved by believing on Himself (John 3.14-16,36; 6.40,47; 7.38-39; 8.24 & 11.25-27), not by a prayer (See THE SINNER'S PRAYER and PLAN OF SALVATION on www.preach-the-gospel.org.).

Let's ask the people in our paths if they have heard the good news (Gospel means good news.) and say - “Christ died for our sins, he was buried and he rose the third day (1 Cor 15.3-4).” teaching them that believe to preach the gospel as well. In so doing we "take the kingdom by force (Mk 11.12 & 16.15)"!

Please read a one-page paper on www.preach-the-gospel.org each day to learn and be encouraged to preach the gospel.

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